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8-01-2009 @ 8:15PM
For the same reason that people who play unconventional or "bad" specs. Yes, it's their money and their playing experience, but WoW is an MMO. How players choose to play the game directly effects everyone else who has to depend on them. Refusing to play with addons, like playing a generally underpowered spec, reduces the dps, healing, tanking, leveling capacity, what have you, of the player. Any caster who has played with and without Quartz can tell you how much of an impact addons can make on your dps.I understand the argument of "If I can play as well as everyone else without addons, what does it matter?" but my response is "If you can play that well without addons, imagine what you could do with them!" So, it's the player's choice if they want to play without addons, but you can't expect me to give them equal respect as someone who understands how much higher quality of playing one gets out of addons, or even choose to regularly raid with them. Blah blah blah, it's just a game, but *I choose* to play with players who do whatever it takes to be the play the best that they can. That includes staying current on patches, reading EJ regularly, and having appropriate addons.I see the whole "cheating" argument, but addons are not botting, not even comparably. They only reduce frustration or enhance someone's existing skill. If you're terrible, no ToS-compliant addon is going to change that....Sorry for the wall of text. I'm kinda passionate about this.
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